One of my favorite bookstores, one of my favorite books, and one of my favorite authors all at once. It doesn't get any better than that.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will surely remember that the Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague, Michigan, is a favorite of mine. (See previous post.) I fell in love with the store the first time I visited in 2011, so much so that I went back a month later to attend the store's book club and have been periodically making the hour-and-a-half drive ever since.
As it happens, a recent book club selection turned out to be one of my favorite books, Okay For Now, by one of my favorite authors, Gary Schmidt. I was thrilled to learn that Gary would visit the Book Nook to personally talk about the book. Young adult novels, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Trouble, and The Wednesday Wars are a few of Gary's award-winning titles, and I have enjoyed them all. But my current favorite Gary Schmidt book, indeed one of my favorite books in general, is Okay For Now. It was a joy to see Gary in person talking about and reading from the novel. He is every bit as engaging as are his books.
In addition to running the book club in the store, Bryan Uecker also appears once a month on a local morning TV show called Take Five during which he discusses the book club selection of the month with the hosts of the show. This month the show also featured Gary Schmidt as well as Brian's two daughters with their questions for Gary about Okay For Now. Here is a video of that segment:
The evening with Gary Schmidt was delightful. I can't wait to start reading Gary's newest book, What Came From The Stars.